Viacom Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Viacom President, CEO, and Director Philippe P. Dauman
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Pros
  • Relishes the job and doesn't mind work-life balance disruption (in 12 reviews)

  • The office culture is very laid back (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • The biggest complaint would be the Times Square location (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance was minimal at best (in 4 reviews)

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  1. I guess every company has it's pros and cons...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's very casual, comfortable, and laid back environment. They provide many opportunities to network. Pretty much only permanent staff receive good benefits: healthcare, 401k, tuition reimbursement, etc.

    Cons

    They do not care about their freelancers and many are very underpaid. They would rather spend their money on stupid petty things, such as parties and paying for EVERYTHING for rising nobody-celebrities, than on compensating their employees. A perfect example: almost taking away our healthcare benefits to switch to a HORRIBLE "healthcare plan." Viacom also do not care much about the MTV Store employees. They get paid very little with no benefits, meanwhile working very hard and sometimes getting out past 2am with no car service back home. College tuition reimbursement may be a pain.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let anyone work more than 50 or 60 hours a week.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great work / life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work / life balance, great benefits, fair compensation, laid-back atmosphere, fun employee events, corporate management encourages and supports volunteerism. Last but not least - great people.

    Cons

    Resources have been cut back over the past couple of years, like every company, in response to the downturn in the economy, so hours have been a bit longer than they used to (everyone is expected to do more with less). Hopefully this will improve once the economy turns around again.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for demonstrating that you value and appreciate your employees - if you continue to do so, you will continue to have dedicated individuals who want to contribute to the success of the company. Consider establishing an on-line anonymous "suggestion box" on the intranet, so employees can make suggestions and recommendations on how to improve things around the company.


  3. Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Building is awesome. All kinds of cool people work there. The Lodge has great food at affordable prices.

    Cons

    Unpaid Internships. I paid money out of my own pocket to work for them.

    Advice to Management

    Thank You!


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  5. Viacom is a young, fun and laid back place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    There is high turnover at viacom

    Advice to Management

    More incentive for employees to stay


  6. Viacom offers the ability to build your career with diverse experience across their many networks.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Creative Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having worked at 4 networks under the Viacom / MTV Networks umbrella, I've found something amazingly consistent. Each network is very different in terms of the culture and the workflow, yet all were encouraging of exploration and seeking new opportunities in the network or in other networks. The company is like a creative hedge fund. Once you get a job in one of the networks, with little effort you'll be exposed to many other opportunities. They're yours for the taking, if you're a self-starter. Depending on the department, you'll be given enough rope (autonomy) to hang yourself or prove yourself.

    Cons

    Like most firms, management often doesn't know how good they have it with a top notch employee until that employee leaves. If you hang around one spot expecting automatic promotions simply by doing acceptably. You have to excellent and make yourself known. It's very competitive. You'll probably rise up the chain quicker by leaving a network then coming back a year or two later. Cross-network moves are the quickest path from PA to Associate Producer or AP to Producer or Producer to Exec Producer, etc, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Ask all of your people what they want to do with their career long term. What's their biggest hope/goal? Do you think they've got a shot at making it there? If so, put them on that path to being a superstar.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Rewarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to the Treasurer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to the Treasurer in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding, Exciting, Considerate, Fun, Fair

    Cons

    Location, Responsibility, Growth, Salary, Organization


  8. Good place for interns

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Viacom

    Pros

    coworkers are all very friendly and everyone is willing to help each other out.

    Cons

    not much interaction between different departments--engineering, editorial, marketing, etc.


  9. Awesome place to work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team, laid back, benefits

    Cons

    Not a paymaster, salary is not very high


  10. The people are nice and willing to help you grow.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY

    I have been working at Viacom full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pros of working for Viacom include the people, the lifestyle, the brands and the benefits. There is also plenty of room for growth.

    Cons

    It is hard to come up with any cons based on my experience thus far. The biggest complaint would be the Times Square location.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the summer courses for sales, they are worth it.


  11. Extremely pleasant and satisfying. I loved working with my co-workers.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Viacom part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The executives are extremely friendly and everyone works in a group effort. Fast paced environment that never seems to stop. There is always something exciting going on.

    Cons

    Could not work more than 30 hours a week, there was a lot of opportunity to grow and not being there made me miss out on things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.



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